WEEKLY DNR ENFORCEMENT REPORT: Fishing ramps up on Rainy River, Ice shelter removal etc.

Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for April 8: District 1 - Baudette area CO Ben Huener (Roseau) worked on fishing shelters left on Lake of the Woods past the deadline. Enf...

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Here is the weekly report from Department of Natural Resources conservation officers in northwest Minnesota for April 8:

District 1 - Baudette area

CO Ben Huener (Roseau) worked on fishing shelters left on Lake of the Woods past the deadline. Enforcement action was taken for litter on individuals who removed their fishing shelter but left trash on the ice. Many pike angers were checked. Tip-up fishing remains fair to slow. Enforcement action during the week included angle with extra lines, litter, fail to remove fishing shelter by the deadline, and operate snowmobile and ATV without registration.

CO Jeremy Woinarowicz (Thief River Falls) taught the law and ethics portion of the Firearms Safety classes in Warren and Hallock. Equipment for possible flood response was checked and follow up was conducted on two ice shelters left on the ice. CO Woinarowicz investigated the possible illegal taking of a deer and answered a call of a strange bird in a backyard. Enforcement action was taken for leave shelter on ice after deadline and no license on ice shelter.

CO Angie Warren (Thief River Falls) patrolled for snowmobile and ATV activity. Follow up of a complaint of a partial ice house remaining on the ice was conducted with the investigation ongoing. CO Warren issued permits for a road kill deer and preparation for firearms safety classes were made. Equipment maintenance was performed on patrol boat in preparation for flood activity.


CO Keith Backer (Blackduck) checked activity on area experimental regulation lakes. The panfish bite has improved but travel on lakes is still limiting anglers. Enforcement action was taken on ATV violations

CO Demosthenes Regas (Blackduck) assisted local firearms instructors with the Youth Firearms Safety classes. Snowmobile and ATV activity were worked throughout the week. CO Regas monitored AIS compliance as anglers traveled to and from fishing the Rainy River. Enforcement action was taken for operate an ATV on a county highway and fail to remove the drain plug from a boat.

CO Robert Gorecki (Baudette) monitored boating and fishing activity during the week. Angling pressure on the Rainy River has increased dramatically throughout the week. The Rainy River has opened up through Vidas Landing east of Clementson, Minn., and more than 400 boats were observed fishing over the weekend. Enforcement action taken included illegal length fish, extra lines, expired boat registration, boating safety violations, and AIS violations.

Karlstad - vacant.

Warroad #1 - vacant.

Warroad #2 - vacant.

District 2 - Bemidji area

CO Tom Hutchins (Crookston) reports speaking at a firearms safety class in Fisher. Ice anglers and ATV operators were also checked. Time was also spent working on a deer hunting violation from this past firearms deer season. A taxidermy inspection was completed. Two otters that had been picked up by local residents were tagged.


CO Dan Malinowski (Fosston) completed a case with a shelter left on the ice. He also responded to reports of dogs chasing deer. Equipment was prepared for a possible flood response.

CO Tim Gray (Bagley) checked anglers on area lakes. He also followed up on a trespass case and a HUI case from 2012 firearms deer season. CO Gray also began work on a wolf depredation complaint.

CO Brice Vollbrecht (Bemidji) monitored angling activity in the area. Snow depths on area lakes have decreased enough to allow anglers onto the lakes. CO Vollbrecht also worked with fish house owners on removing them from the lakes. Time was spent working the Home Sport and Travel Show with CO Regas and CO Holt in Bemidji.

CO Brian Holt (Bemidji) monitored area ice angling activity throughout the week. Not much activity was observed on area lakes. CO Holt attended the Bemidji Sport and Travel Show with CO Vollbrecht. Officers put one of the state's "Wall of Shame" trailers on display and answered questions from the public. CO Holt also conducted a game farm inspection.

CO Chris Vinton (Detroit Lakes) reports attending a firearms safety class at the Cormorant Sportsmen's Club. He checked area lakes for panfish anglers. Conditions on area lakes are not good. Deep snow and slush make getting around difficult. Tullibee anglers have had success on some of the area lakes. He also met with the county attorney about upcoming court cases.

CO Phil Seefeldt (Moorhead) followed up on a complaint of two dogs attempting to kill a deer. A civil penalty was issued to the owners of the dogs involved. Angling activity has been slow and travel conditions remain tough due to slush conditions. CO Seefeldt gave law presentations to the Glyndon and Dilworth Youth Firearms Safety classes.

CO Al Peterson (Osage) followed up on complaints of ice shelter floors left in the ice. GPS coordinates and photos from the angling season have helped determine some responsible parties. Travel on area lakes has become difficult with slush conditions. CO Peterson also issued one deer possess permit.

CO Gary Forsberg (Pelican Rapids) spent the week checking fishermen and following up dogs chasing deer complaints. CO Forsberg also prepared for an upcoming trial on a deer season case. Few fishermen were out because of ice conditions.


Wetland Resource Enforcement Officer Joe Stattelman spent time working on Wetland Conservation Act cases, planning for upcoming AIS events and checkpoints, and preparing for upcoming in-service training. Time was also spent checking fishing and coyote hunting activity. A pied-billed grebe was picked up from a neighboring officer and released in open water.

Perham - vacant.

CO Pilot Jason Jensen (Brainerd) reports a week of working on training subjects. Jensen also flew a fish shelter flight at Lake of the Woods. Another maintenance flight and a night currency flight rounded out the week. Raptors, sandhill cranes, geese and ducks are making their way back into the skies.

Natural Resources pilot John Heineman (Bemidji) flew two telemetry flights for wolves and attended to administrative duties.

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